OCU Soccer Moving Forward
It was a good weekend for OCU soccer. On Friday, October 1st, the OCU Men defeated Appalacian Bible College 6-1. Although that lone goal for ABC was the first OCU has given up in regional play, the men rolled forward with goals from Dave Blamo (2), Jorge Aldalla, Kevin Street, Chad Dobbs and Isaac Koech. In goal, Steven Fabian had 4 saves in another standout performance in goal.
On Saturday, October 2nd, the OCU Men Junior Varsity played against the OCU Alumni. A game that is meant for everyone to come together and enjoy each other in competition did just that. The OCU program was thankful for the presence of the alumni. "We had a great time. It is fun to get together with the guys who laid the ground work for the program we have today. If it wasn't for them, we wouldn't be here and so we thank them for this" mentioned Coach Murton.
After the alumni game, the OCU women took the field against Grace Bible College. The women came out fast and strong scoring 5 goals in the first half. Scoring for the ladies were Heidi Bryan, Kim Uetrecht and Christine Myers, whom scored her first hat trick for OCU. The final ended 5-0 and the ladies are now 4-7-0 and 4-3-0 in the NCCAA Division 2.
The OCU men hit the field once again to play Crown College, one of the region favorites in the pre-season. Crown jumped out early to a 0-1 lead but the OCU Men's tough defense and ability to hold possession prevailed. In the late minutes of the game, Dave Blamo hit a scorcher into the back end of the net to tie up the score. With 1 minute left in regular time, Crown was called for a red card inside their own penalty area for pulling down Kevin Street in an apparent scoring opportunity. Kevin Ache took the penalty kick and the OCU men finished with another win. The win gives them a record of 7-4-0 overall, 7-1-0 record in NCCAA D2 games and a 5-0-0 record within the Mid-East region.
Next up for the women will be Tuesday home against Cincinnati State. Then both teams will travel to Georgia to play Clearwater Christian. The Clearwater Christian Men are rank #1 in the nation and the women received votes, along with our women, for the top ten.